The Richmond Register


December 19, 2013

Lewis William Ross, 94

PAINT LICK — Mr. Lewis William Ross, 94, of Paint Lick, Kentucky, known by friends and family as “Jake,” passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at home with family and friends by his side.

He was born October 11, 1919, to William “Bill” Ross and Marietta (Hayes) Ross, both of whom preceded him in death.

On February 23, 1938, he was united in marriage to his wife, Estill Virginia (Ethel) Conn-Ross, with a lot of love and commitment.

Of this marriage, they were blessed with four daughters, Shirley Ann (and late husband Vernon Hawley) of Paint Lick, Kentucky, Marietta “Crickette” Ross of Paint Lick, Kentucky, Billie Sue “Doc” (and Doug) Lear of Brodhead, Kentucky, and Judy Marie (and Nelson) Cates of Paint Lick, Kentucky.

Jake was also blessed with nine grandchildren who called him Papa Ross: Lynn Dalton, Sandy Lainhart, Mike Hawley, Bill Lear, Jeff Lear, Greg Ross, Jennifer Glovack, Rodney Cates and Celena Bullock.

Out of nine grandchildren, he was blessed with 14 great-grandchildren, and from these he was blessed with six great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Ethel, who passed away January 20, 1993, he was preceded in death by: one brother, Alec Ross; six sisters, Myrtle “Sis” Walters, Callie Hutchinson, Cleone Hagan, Maydrew Chambers, Beulah Ross (who died as a child) and Geneva Howard.

He was a farmer, painter, trapper and worked at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, until he went into business for himself as a painter and ginseng grower for many years. Jake was a member of Paint Lick Christian Church.

Services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2013, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Shelby Cates officiating. Burial will follow in the Manse Cemetery of Paint Lick.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Mike Hawley, Bill Lear, Greg Ross, Rodney Cates, Brady Lear and Brent Dalton. Honorary bearers will be Tom Burnam, Billy Dalton, Danny Lainhart, Jared Hawley and Ced Hagan.

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